Delta Sierra Science Project Newsletter
October 2019
SJCOE STEM Programs

Dinner with a Scientist Registration is now open! See below for additional details. 



Thank you for subscribing to the Delta Sierra Science Newsletter, a publication of the San Joaquin County Office of Education and the Delta Sierra Science Project.   The state roll out of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) continues in 2019-20 throughout the state of California as the transition progresses towards the full implementation of the science standards and assessments supported by the newly adopted California Science Framework.

Please contact our SJCOE STEM Programs office if you have any questions or concerns at 209.468.4880 and visit our website at http://www.sjcoescience.org/

Sincerely,
SJCOE STEM Programs
San Joaquin County Office of Education 


Featured this month -  click on links:

November 14, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dinner with a Scientist is an evening of inspiration and insight for middle and high school students who may be interested in entering the field of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).  Students will get the rare opportunity to spend 15-20 minutes with four different STEM professionals of their choice.  STEM volunteers will discuss their professions and answer any questions the students may have.
 
For $100, a teacher can bring a group of three students.  Along with spending time with various STEM professionals, the evening will also include a science challenge, appetizers, dinner and dessert.
 
The event will take place on Thursday, November 14th, 2019 from 5-8pm.  It will be held at the San Joaquin County Office of Education, Wentworth Education Center, located at 2707 Transworld Drive in Stockton.  Limited scholarships are available.
Register your team today!

We are also looking for STEM professional volunteers to host a table. Please email   Bret States if you know of anyone that would like to participate. 


CA NGSS Statewide Rollout - Environmental Literacy
October 24-25 at the San Mateo County Office of Education
October 28-29 at the Tulare County Office of Education
November 5-6 at the Sacramento County Office of Education

The California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Statewide Rollout: Environmental Literacy is a two-day professional learning geared toward grade K-12 academic coaches, administrators, curriculum leads, and teacher leaders. Participants will experience grade appropriate learning sequences with an environmental literacy focus and examples of local environmental phenomena. A variety of community-based partners will feature resources that use the environment as a context for supporting student learning and CA NGSS implementation. It is recommended that districts send teams of four to six, which include at least one administrator


   STEM Teacher Professional Development and Announ cements




SJCOESTEMPDSJCOE STEM Programs Professional Learning 


CCESSA Region 6 Administrator Workshop to Support NGSS Implementation Series
Come learn how to build shared language around the existing data for science instruction; deepen understanding of support for a site vision of equity in science; and, reflect on how science supports the goals of your site. This is a 5 module series alternating locations between the Stanislaus County Office of Education and the San Joaquin County Office of Education. 
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Module 2 at San Joaquin County Office of Education, October 23, 9am to noon
Registration and Additional Information

Module 3 at Stanislaus County Office of Education, January 9, 9am to noon
Registration and Additional Information

Module 4 at San Joaquin County Office of Education, February 19, 9am to noon
Registration and Additional Information

Module 5 at Stanislaus County Office of Education, March 12, 9am to noon
Registration and Additional Information


Delta Ecology Institute
Come learn about the environment of floodplains and the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta. Delta Studies Institute 2019/2020 is scheduled for November 16, January 9 and May 7. Our institute includes:
  • Help your students and future citizens learn more about the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta 
  • Learn about EEI Curriculum
  • Teach Next Gen Science standards using curriculum that focuses on California's most valuable resource
  • $200 Stipend upon completion (please see below)
  • Upon completing all the program requirements one unit of credit available through Teachers College of San Joaquin (additional cost)
Registration  is open!


Make and Take Electrophoresis, Grades 6-8
November 19, 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Come and experience how electrophoresis can be used to address CA NGSS Performance Expectations and make a class set of equipment that will allow you to continue this activity in your classroom for years to come!  Kit assembly will serve a class of 35 working in pairs. 
Registration and Additional Information


NGSS 5E High School Physics Collaborative Planning Workshop
January 28, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
NGSS curriculum resources are often challenging to navigate and develop into an appropriate scope and sequence for classrooms.  Let SJCOE STEM Programs facilitate this process in a collaborative workshop with other area educators. We will explore NGSS resources and work alongside other grade-like educators to further develop 5E lessons, storylines and units that can be immediately implemented into practice.
Registration and Additional Information


NGSS 5E K-5 Collaborative Planning Workshop
January 29, 2020, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
NGSS curriculum resources are often challenging to navigate and develop into an appropriate scope and sequence for classrooms.  Let SJCOE STEM Programs facilitate this process in a collaborative workshop with other area educators. We will explore NGSS resources and work alongside other grade-like educators to further develop 5E lessons, storylines and units that can be immediately implemented into practice while integrating Common Core Math and ELA.
Registration and Additional Information


NGSS 5E Middle School Collaborative Planning Workshop (2nd Offering)
January 30, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
NGSS curriculum resources are often challenging to navigate and develop into an appropriate scope and sequence for classrooms.  Let SJCOE STEM Programs facilitate this process in a collaborative workshop with other area educators. We will explore NGSS resources and work alongside other grade-like educators to further develop 5E lessons, storylines and units that can be immediately implemented into practice.
Registration and Additional Information


NGSS 5E High School Chemistry Collaborative Planning Workshop (2nd Offering)
February 11, 2020, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
NGSS curriculum resources are often challenging to navigate and develop into an appropriate scope and sequence for classrooms.  Let SJCOE STEM Programs facilitate this process in a collaborative workshop with other area educators. We will explore NGSS resources and work alongside other grade-like educators to further develop 5E lessons, storylines and units that can be immediately implemented into practice.
Registration and Additional Information


Building Toward the CAST (How do you design a 2D and 3D assessment?) Grades 6-12
February 25, 2020, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Come learn how to best utilize the resources for the California Science Test (CAST) including training, practice tests, rubrics and scoring guides. Participants will also experience a performance task and collaboratively work toward creating classroom NGSS assessments to better prepare our students and to inform instruction. This will be 1/2 day workshop. 
Registration and Additional Information


Tech in Teaching
February 25, 2020 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Often in Education people think about what a technology is, rather than what they need students to be able to do. We will cover lots of ways to have tech support student learning. Tech in Teaching is a PD to cover useful technologies for teachers, from media usage to augmented reality.
Registration and Additional Information


NGSS 5E High School Biology Collaborative Planning Internal Workshop (2nd Offering)
February 26, 2020, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
NGSS curriculum resources are often challenging to navigate and develop into an appropriate scope and sequence for classrooms. Let SJCOE STEM Programs facilitate this process in a collaborative workshop with other area educators. We will explore NGSS resources and work alongside other grade-like educators to further develop 5E lessons,
storylines and units that can be immediately implemented into practice.
Registration and Additional Information


Engineering with 3D Printing
March 21, 2020, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
3D printing is a constantly expanding technology, from prototyping small electronic inventions, to building concrete structures.   Students can learn engineering using 3D printers in the classroom. Join us to experience an engineering lesson and learn how to use 3D printers.
Registration and Additional Information
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STEM Opportunities and Resources for Teachers


Exploratorium
The Exploratorium believes that learning is joyful and lifelong. By creating inquiry-based experience and tools that spark wonder; offer hands-on experiences; and encourage questions, explorations, and individual discovery, they're transforming the way people learn. Learning this way empowers people to figure things out for themselves-about science, but also about any topic, claim or idea.

If you're a teacher, parent, after-school educator, or professional developer, there are lots of unique resources for you.





California Academy Of Sciences Resources for Educators

Information on professional development, field trips, videos, lessons plans and many more educator resources!
(877)227-3311



NASA Teacher Resources

JPL Education: 
Mars InSight Mission: 
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American Chemical Society -  Chemical Lab Safety Series for High School:
New & an outstanding set of 6 videos addressing high school lab safety issues including safety mindset, SDSs, Dress for lab, preparing for emergencies and RAMP strategies. Check it out:

Video Links

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STEMforStudentsSTEM Opportunities for Teachers and Students

November 14, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dinner with a Scientist is an evening of inspiration and insight for middle and high school students who may be interested in entering the field of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).  Students will get the rare opportunity to spend 15-20 minutes with four different STEM professionals of their choice.  STEM volunteers will discuss their professions and answer any questions the students may have.
 
For $100, a teacher can bring a group of three students.  Along with spending time with various STEM professionals, the evening will also include a science challenge, appetizers, dinner and dessert.
 
The event will take place on Thursday, November 14th, 2019 from 5-8pm.  It will be held at the San Joaquin County Office of Education, Wentworth Education Center, located at 2707 Transworld Drive in Stockton.  Limited scholarships are available.
Register your team today!

We are also looking for STEM professional volunteers to host a table. Please email Bret States if you know of anyone that would like to participate. 



University of the Pacific's STEM Day
Friday, November 8th, 2019
9am - 3pm

The School of Engineering & Computer Science and MESA programs invites high school seniors and transfer ready students to join UOP on National STEM Day for the opportunity to explore STEM majors at Pacific and connect with their campus community.

Location: Grace Covell Hall, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA 95211
Contact: Patricia Lopez, plopez@pacific.edu or via phone 209-932-2887


STEAM Fair 2020
February 21-26, 2020
We've put more STEAM in the Science Fair!  Here is what's new for the 2020 San Joaquin County, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Fair:
  • New exhibition categories in science fiction writing, Rube Goldberg machines, robotics and reverse engineering.
  • All students will present their project and share it with STEAM professionals.
  • Hands-on scientific experiences and exhibits will be open to the public.
  • Plus, the same great California state-qualifying science and engineering competition.
See our website for important deadlines and registration links.

 







Student Video Contest with Free Curriculum Resources from Population Education

This opportunity is available to all middle and high school students worldwide, and the deadline for submission is February 27, 2020. Participating educators receive free curriculum resource from Population Education, and up to $10,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to over 80 student winners.



EnvironmentalEducationEnvironmental Education

Durham Ferry Outdoor Education Center 
The Durham Ferry Outdoor Education Center is a regional center for STEM and environmental exploration. It sits on over 200 acres of land nestled in a large meander of the San Joaquin River in Manteca, California. Several m
iles of hiking trails, seasonal ponds, oak woodlands, a meadow, over 80 acres of wild riparian forest, various picnic areas, a working farm, and the shores of the mighty San Joaquin River are a few highlights of this special place. Please visit our website for more information.

MEANDER field trips Grades 3-5
The San Joaquin County Office of Education has field trip opportunities for students in grades 3-5. Field Trip cost: $300 for a class of no more than 32 students. We can accommodate up to three classes of students at a time for this field trip. To schedule your field trip, please register here.

BioBlitz field trips Grades 6-12
Students will work in small groups to identify and record the predominant species at the Durham Ferry Outdoor Education Center. Students will hike, use maps, data sheets and iPads to contribute their observations to the iNaturalist app and help build a data base of the local species.
Field Trip cost: $300 for a class of no more than 32 students. We can accommodate up to two classes of students at a time for this field trip.
We are also proud to announce a new 6-8 field trip option called BioBlitz. Please register here

Delta Ecology Institute
Join us for a three-day teacher institute and help your students know more about the Delta.  
Delta Bus tour - November 16, 2019

Please email Kristine Stepping for more information regarding programs at Durham Ferry Outdoor Education Center : kstepping@sjcoe.net


Teachers College of San Joaquin is launching its new M.Ed. Program concentration: Environmental Literacy!

Program Description:
The Environmental Literacy M.Ed. coursework examines the close intersections between peoples, societies, and natural systems, and how to relate within those systems in a humble, sustainable matter. Educators learn to develop integrated curricula and learning opportunities that nurture K-12 students' understanding of the natural world outside the classroom, expand critical thinking skills, and prepare engaged citizens. Graduates have expertise in developing, implementing, and sustaining capacity building plans for Environmental Literacy programs within an organization, such as a school district.
More Information


EDCFabLab 

The SJCOE FabLab is a state of the art maker space.  Students come for field trips or a series of field trips and learn to engineer using circuits, 3D printers, hand tools, laser cutters and more. Students address NGSS Engineering Design standards through fun activities like engineering a bridge to test and destroy, or building a robot to complete simple task.  There are field trip options for grades K-12.  If you are interested in scheduling a field trip or just have questions
please contact Stephen Callahan: 
scallahan@sjcoe.net , (209) 468-9247 or visit our website


TOPSInterested in a TOPS STEM Program at your school?
Teaching Opportunities for Partners in Science (TOPS) is a program that places individuals with a background in STEM at your school where they teach hands-on lessons.  Each volunteer spends about 8 hours per month at a specific school site where together with a teacher they help provide interactive, hands-on science and engineering lessons.  If you are interested in having the program at your school or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Lissa Gilmore: lgilmore@sjcoe.net or 209-468-4880 for more information. 


SJCOE STEM Kits
SJCOE STEM Programs offers a variety of STEM kits including:
Arduinos, GEMS, Makey Makeys, Math, Science and Beyond to name a few. Please reserve kits utilizing the online reservation request system:  Reserve a Kit
The rental fees range from $20 - $25 and may be checked out for up to one month at a time based on demand.  Kits are on a 1st come - 1st served basis, please call 209.468.4880 to check availability or you can use the above "Reserve a Kit" link. The resource check-out agreement must be signed by both the administrator and the educator prior to pick up. Please download the form here

About Us
 
San Joaquin County Office of Education STEM Programs is the CCSESA Region 6 Science Lead and the Co-Director of the Delta Sierra Science Project, a California Subject Matter Project. Thank you for reading our newsletter.